My ear drum was just shattered because I tried to put my new cellphone on SPEAKER mode. It didn't seem to work, so my friend on the other end suggested that the volume might be too low. Ah, yes. The volume is a button on the side with up and down arrows. I'm never sure which way it's going, so that seemed to be a real possibility.
It still didn't work, but by then, I just wanted the conversation, so I gave up. My little phone screen said Spkr on which I no longer wanted, so just put my ear back to the phone.
That's when my hearing was impaired for all eternity.
I watch a fair amount of tv on hulu.com, and I'm finding out that little notations like Hi Res (or Spkr on) are not, after all, choices I'm offered, but notices of current status. Where was I when they changed all that?
Or maybe I'm just too computerized. I see something I want, I click on it, and I get it. That's not true in the cellphone world.
And it's this very reason that I'm so resistent to new gadgets. I put up with a failing cellphone for a long, long time, just because I didn't want to have to learn new ways to complete old tasks -- and that was before I discovered that physical pain would be involved in the learning. On my old phone, the back-arrow deleted what I had just typed. On this phone, the C button -- for Crap! -- will do the same thing. I don't know what the back-arrow will do, but I'm pretty sure it involves a sharp stick in the eye.
I still don't know how to save the phone number of someone who just called. And my home page, if indeed that's what it's called, has four little circles with Fisher-Price People in them, and one big one. What's that for? I'm sure if I could just find the instruction manual, I'd be able to figure it out ...
How long do you suppose it took to standardize the old-fashioned rotary phone? I'll bet it didn't take a week. I'll bet only one company made them at first, and then the others just followed. I'll bet people didn't think that "different" always meant "better." I'll bet I'm not willing to look it up ...